, Salem, MA

April 29, 2014

North Shore News in Brief

The Salem News

---- — Marian Court College is holding its 50th anniversary gala to raise money for scholarships on Friday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m., at 35 Little’s Point Road, Swampscott. The gala features the presentation of the Beacon Award to Jack Burke of Swampscott, and silent and live auctions. Tickets cost $50 for general admission and $37.50 for alumni. For more information and tickets, contact Lauren Baker at or 781-309-5279.

The Essex County Community Foundation will honor Paula and Binkley Shorts of Wenham with the first-ever George Peabody Award in recognition of the Shorts’ ongoing service, generosity and leadership. The ECCF will recognize the Shorts at its inaugural Celebration of Giving breakfast on Wednesday, May 7, at the Boston Marriott Peabody. The breakfast celebrates collaborative giving, including agency representatives who were awarded this year’s ECCF Fund for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, visit

The PTO of Knowledge Academy presents Mom’s Day Out on Sunday, May 18, from noon to 3 p.m., at the academy, 261 N. Main St., Middleton. The event features chair massages, snacks, children’s program, mini-makeover sessions and free entry into the grand prize raffle. Tickets cost $15 per person and baby-sitting is $10 per child. The event takes place outside but will be moved indoors in case of rain or inclement weather. Space is limited and preregistration is required by contacting Humara Malik at 978-697-8110 or All proceeds from the event benefit Knowledge Academy. For more information, visit

The Hamilton Water Department will be flushing hydrants Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., during the following weeks: May 5 to 8; May 12 to 15; and May 19 to 22. To minimize the amount of dirty water getting into one’s system, refrain from using water during the times listed. Prior to water use, residents should run their cold water, or turn on outside spigots until the lines run clear as discoloration may occur. For more information, visit, or call 978-468-5581.

In honor of National Alcohol Awareness Month, DanversCARES will host Marilyn Belmonte, founder and executive director of Healthy Outcomes, for a discussion on understanding the teenage brain. The free, informal and informative evening for parents and community members takes place today, April 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Gordon Room at Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Learn how the adolescent brain is wired differently and why this puts kids at risk for behaviors like underage drinking and other substance use. Attendees have a chance to ask an expert informal questions and learn why parents play such an important role in supporting teens. Free coffee will be served. For more information, email

“Get to Know the Festival Poets,” a program at the Peabody Institute Library, will discuss the work of poets who will be featured at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which will be held in Salem from May 2 to 4. Led by poet and Salem State University Professor Jennifer Jean, the last of six meetings will be held today, April 29, at 12:30 p.m. at the Main Library at 82 Main St. in Peabody. The poet discussed will be Cornelius Eady. For more information and to register, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit

The community is invited to a special book group led by author Randy Susan Meyers to discuss her book “The Murderer’s Daughters” on Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at Woodbridge, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Coffee and dessert will be served. The group is free and open to all. The program is sponsored by the Lappin Foundation, the Jewish Journal and Cohen Hillel Academy. RSVPs are requested to Sharon Wyner at 978-565-4450 or Walk-ins are also welcome.

Emotions Anonymous, a 12-step organization similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, will meet weekly for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. Members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic statuses, and social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Meetings are held at Beverly Hospital on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call Murray at 978-535-7676.

The Friendly Garden Club of Beverly will award a scholarship to high school seniors from Beverly who are pursuing a college career in environmental science, horticulture, botany, floral design, landscape design, conservation or related fields for the 2014-2015 academic year. Applications must be submitted by May 1. For scholarship forms, call 978-381-3597 or email

Artists who live in Beverly, work in Beverly, are enrolled in a Beverly college or are a senior in high school, or are affiliated with an arts guild or arts organization in Beverly are eligible to apply to Arts Fest Beverly: Community Art Exhibition, a juried exhibition on display at Endicott College in Beverly from June 4 to Aug. 15, with a reception on June 13. Beverly artist Leighton O’Connor is this year’s featured artist. The exhibit is held in conjunction with Arts Fest Beverly, a free outdoor festival in downtown Beverly on June 14. For submission guidelines, deadlines and other information, contact Kathleen Moore at 978-232-2655, or email with “ARTSFEST Submission” in the subject line. Jpegs can be sent to with the artist’s name and contact information. Jurying will be completed and artists will be contacted by May 12.

Salem residents who know of a pothole on a public roadway should help the city by reporting it directly to Department of Public Services by emailing or calling 978-744-3302. Include the exact address or a location description, along with a contact name and telephone number if possible. Feel free to send photos, as well. Reporting a pothole does not guarantee it will be immediately repaired that day; it will be added to the list for DPS crews to fix. DPS prioritizes potholes based on their severity and attempts to work in geographic clusters to maximize efficiency of resources.

Children’s Friend and Family Services seeks volunteer mentors ages 21 and older from a variety of backgrounds. Each mentor will be matched with one youth, between the ages of 5 and 18, from the North Shore. Mentors and youths meet every week for at least two hours. For more information or to volunteer, visit or contact Samantha Alves, director of youth mentoring, at or 978-219-1528.